How did you get started?
A fellow yoga teacher asked me to make her some eye pillows for a restorative yoga class that she was teaching. I hadn’t been sewing as much as I used to, so I was excited for a project. She was smitten with them and so was the yoga studio I worked at, which promptly ordered a bunch. Several students and teachers started asking me if I could make them a yoga mat bag or a restorative sandbag and I got very excited about the idea of sewing yoga accessories, so I just went with it. Since then, I’ve expanded to off-the-mat yoga-inspired lifestyle items like oversized tote bags that will fit your yoga mat and hand-dyed scarves as a colourful cover up for after class.
What is the inspiration behind your designs/latest collection?
Most Samyoga items are season-less, so instead of working around a collection, I tend to work around a process. For the past year I have been playing with a variety of hand-dyeing techniques and that has really informed the palette of my pieces. I still feel really curious and excited by the unpredictability inherent with hand-dyeing, so I intend to continue working in this direction.
What motivates you to work hard?
I’m really energized when I’m working with my hands. I love working in my studio, crafting pieces that are beautiful and taking the time to make them well. I find this hands on work so calming and meditative. Working on something I care about feels deeply nourishing to me.